The Ocean Forum on Abrupt Climate Change

November 11, 2002


In 2002, with generous support from The Comer Science and Education Foundation, the Ocean and Climate Change Institute invited four leading scientists in the field of abrupt climate change to Woods Hole as Visiting Summer Scholars. Their broad range of expertise and perspectives complemented those of scientists at the Oceanographic. The Ocean Forum Scholars were: Richard Alley (Pennsylvania State University), David Battisti (University of Washington), Mark Cane (Columbia University), and Robert Dickson (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK).

The concurrent goals of the forum were to: assess what we know and need to know about abrupt climate change; stimulate creative scientific thinking and collaboration; devise strategies to launch promising research, and foster dialogue between the scientific community and the public. On Nov. 11-12, 2002, the scientists reconvened in Woods Hole to summarize their work and recommend future research priorities.


William CurryWilliam B. Curry
Senior Scientist, Director Ocean and Climate Change Institute
Geology and Geophysics
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Richard AlleyRichard Alley
Professor of Geosciences
Penn State University

David Battisti

David S. Battisti
Director, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean
University of Washington

Raymond Schmitt Jr.Raymond W. Schmitt Jr.
Senior Scientist, OCCI Fellow
Physical Oceanography
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Robert Dickson
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
United Kingdom